Kappa Sig Questions Evidence As IFC Forces Fraternity DryBy Susan Buchman
Associate News Editor
Kappa Sigma has been sanctioned following an incident in which a minor was allegedly served alcohol at the Kappa Sigma house and subsequently injured himself.
The fraternity was charged with violating four rules of the Interfraternity Council by serving alcohol to minors. Kappa Sigma is not certified to serve alcohol. The fraternity pleaded not guilty to all charges, arguing that there was not an organized event at the house on the night in question and that no underage persons were given alcohol.
According to Jorge F. Rodriguez '98, who represented Kappa Sigma, the alleged party was a gathering of alumni, members of the Boston University chapter of Kappa Sigma, and the wife of an alumnus.
All members of the group were over 21 and had purchased the alcohol they were consuming, Rodriguez said. Kappa Sigma argued that what had taken place could not be considered a house event. "It was not planned, it was not sponsored [by the house], and we did not provide any funding," said Rodriguez.
Fraternity contests report
Kappa Sigma questioned the accuracy of the Boston Police incident report, which was the only evidence that the Judicial Committee presented. According to the report from the events of the evening of July 17 and the morning of July 18, Fito Louis '00, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, said that he and the injured person, both of whom are under 21, had been given alcohol at the Kappa Sigma house.
However, at the Judicial Committee trial, Rodriguez read a statement written by Louis stating that the police report was inaccurate and that the injured party had been intoxicated when he arrived at KappaSigma. Kappa Sigma said that the only other witness in the police report witnessed the fall but not underage drinking.
House found guilty on all charges
The committee found Kappa Sigma guilty of the four charges. According to the summary of the Judcomm ruling, "while this was an unplanned event that involved mostly alumni and brothers from other chapters, Kappa Sigma was still aware of its occurrence and was involved."
As a result, the committee mandated that Kappa Sigma must be completely alcohol free on all its property until February 1. Furthermore, at least 75 percent of its active members and new pledges must perform five hours of community service each by December 19.
"While only two brothers were present in the house when the alumni and brothers from another Kappa Sigma chapter arrived, it was still poor judgement on the part of the MITKappa Sigma brothers to allow your guests to bring alcohol into the house," the ruling said.